A PLUMBER, his mum, dad and pals have been found guilty of killing his ex’s new boyfriend in a jealous rage.
Trainee plumber Daniel Grogan, 20, became jealous after finding out Jay Sewell, 18, was seeing his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Gemma Hodder.
The Old Bailey heard how he sent hundreds of texts and WhatsApp messages threatening to kill Jay, rape his mum and petrol bomb his home.
Grogan also visited trainee accountant Gemma’s house armed with a kitchen knife and threw her on the floor, jurors were told.
The teen escaped and locked herself in her car as neighbours came to her rescue.
Prosecutor Timothy Cray QC said Grogan poisoned his family and friends against Jay ahead of a stand-off near their home in Eltham, South East London.
Gemma drove from Kent to see Grogan, accompanied by Jay and some of their friends, in December last year.
Grogan, who had a baseball bat, was with his pals who armed themselves with knives, a 4-foot fireman’s axe, hammers and wooden sticks to confront them, the jury heard.
CCTV footage was shown in court of the group battering Jay’s car with weapons and chasing his friend, Charlie Pamphlett, now 19, who was stabbed in the back but survived.
Jay was fatally stabbed through the car window by Grogan’s friend Charlie Dudley, 25, the jury was told.
Dudley, who lived a few doors from the Grogan, denied murdering Jay, injuring Charlie and violent disorder.
The jury deliberated for more than 56 hours over 11 days and cleared Dudley of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter, wounding with intent and violent disorder.
Grogan was found guilty of murder, wounding with intent and violent disorder.
His father Robert, 54, was found guilty of manslaughter, wounding with intent and violent disorder.
His mother Ann, 54, was found guilty of manslaughter and violent disorder.
Her relatives were heard angrily crying “you are joking” in the dock as the verdicts were read out.
His sister Francesca, 29, was convicted of violent disorder by a majority of 10 to two, but she was cleared of the other charges.
Cousin Liam Hickey, 19, was cleared of murder but found guilty of wounding with intent and violent disorder.
Jamie Bennett, 31, and a 17-year-old boy were convicted of violent disorder.
Jay’s family were heard gasping “yes” as they held hands in court.
It was claimed Dudley had been encouraged and helped the Grogans and other friends who were caught up in the feud with Jay.
It was alleged on behalf of the defendants they had armed themselves, fearing Jay’s friends would attack them.
Giving evidence, Robert Grogan admitted to having an axe but said he was unaware that anyone was carrying a knife.
He told jurors he saw Dudley deliver what he thought were “two or three punches” as he stood behind him.
He said: “It just happened quickly and then it was finished.”
He was later surprised to learn that blood had been found on his jeans as he did not see a knife, the court heard.
Robert Grogan said told the court his son never told him he had been making threats.
The 17-year-old defendant, who cannot be named because of his age, admitted to being armed with a stick but said he got “scared” and ran away before the stabbing.
The teen boxer said: “I thought these people would bring weapons with them so I got given it. If someone attacked I could use it in self defence.
“It had a tea towel wrapped around it to take some of the impact out.
“I did not want to cause no harm to anyone. It was not my intention.”
None of the other defendants gave evidence but it was claimed on Dudley’s behalf that the dad Robert was covering up for a family member by naming him as the stabber.
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Jurors heard Dudley had been picked out in a police lineup by Gemma and his DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife found near Grogan’s home.
It was alleged Francesca Grogan and Jamie Bennett were carrying hammers wrapped in towelling, Ann Grogan had a kitchen knife and Hickey had a wooden baton.
Following the verdicts, the defendants were remanded into custody to be sentenced at a later date.
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